Monday, 21 April 2014
X marks the spot ?
As of late I have been privy to some of the items that have come up off the sea bed in fisherman's nets off the Thanet coast. This item was picked up off the Kentish Knock and has been doing the rounds on Facebook. Lumps of concretion off a wreck on the sea bed can give many clues to the origin of the wreck, especially with a lump of porcelain attached. Just by looking at the photograph the first thing that comes to mind is an East Indiaman either English or Dutch and given the location it is a strong possibility. I have been given the position of the find and research has turned up 71 wrecks or strandings in the vicinity of the find. In that list the is a record of a stranding of a East Indiaman "Juliana" in 1821 in the vicinity of the find. Also there are listed four vessels that sailed from Antwerp and Amsterdam that were lost on the Kentish Knock between 1817 to 1820 all carrying general cargo. One in particular was carrying raw silk and that is open to possibilities as silk and porcelain are East Indiamen imported items . It may be difficult to actually pin point the find at present to a particular vessel but at least I can point the finder in the general direction until more items are found.